An airline that flies in and out of Hagerstown Regional Airport was acquired by a bigger airline company.
Sun Air Express was acquired by Southern Airways Express, and representatives said the acquisition means there will be bigger and newer aircraft flying in and out of Hagerstown.
The new planes will still seat 8 to 9 people, but it will be able to handle heavier and larger luggage.
“Whether you’re bringing golf clubs or fishing poles or any other kind of outdoors equipment, we will not be limited with baggage capacity,” Mark Cestari with Southern Airways Express said.
Customer, Cecelia Trybus said she has been flying out of the Hagerstown airport using Sun Air Express since she was a kid. Trybus said it’s better for her wallet and it saves her time.
“My house is basically 10 to 15 minutes away and it’s really easy to check in. It’s never really super busy or anything,” Trybus said.
Trybus said the larger aircrafts are a big draw to continue using their service.
“Having the bigger airplanes is nice, you have more space to sit, leg room and everything, more luggage. It’s definitely a positive,” Trybus said.
Cestari said down the line, Southern Airways Express hopes to expand its destination list, possibly making Hagerstown a bigger hub for visitors.
“There is a real effort to develop and promote the Hagerstown region as a visitor destination,” Cestari said.
However, with all of these big changes, there are a few things that will remain the same.
“There’s going to be no interruption in service. The airfare will remain the same for our service to Pittsburgh and Dulles,” James Jenkins, public relations manager for Washington County, said.
For regulars like Trysbus, the expansion just makes the entire experience a little more convenient.
“I’ve never really been worried that my luggage will be lost or anything, and I think they take very good care of their passengers and make sure you get from place to place,” Trybus said.
Representatives said the newer aircraft will be transitioned in throughout the year.